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Pelvic Girdle Pain during or after Pregnancy: a review of recent evidence and a clinical care path proposal.

Verstraete EH, Vanderstraeten G, Parewijck W - Facts Views Vis Obgyn (2013)

Bottom Line: This classification can guide appropriate multidimensional and multidisciplinary management.Both care takers can make a preliminary diagnosis of PPGP and should refer to a physiatrist, who can make a definite diagnosis.Together with a physiotherapist, the latter can determine an individual tailored exercise program based on the influencing bio-psycho-social factors.

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Affiliation: Department of Internal Medicine, Ghent University Hospital and Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Ghent University, De Pintelaan 185, 9000 Ghent, Belgium.

ABSTRACT

Problem statement: Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) is a common condition during or after pregnancy with pain and disability as most important symptoms. These symptoms have a wide range of clinical presentation. Most doctors perceive pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain (PPGP) as 'physiologic' or 'expected during pregnancy', where no treatment is needed. As such women with PPGP mostly experience little recognition. However, many scientific literature describes PPGP as being severe with considerable levels of pain and disability and socio-economic consequences in about 20% of the cases.

Objectives: We aimed to (1) inform the gynecologist/obstetrician about the etiology, diagnosis, risk factors, and treatment options of PPGP and (2) to make a proposition for an adequate clinical care path.

Methods: A systematic search of electronic databases and a check of reference lists for recent researches about the diagnosis, etiology, risk factors and treatment of PPGP.

Results: Adequate treatment is based on classification in subgroups according to the different etiologic factors. The various diagnostic tests can help to make a differentiation in the several pelvic girdle pain syndromes and possibly reveal the underlying biomechanical problem. This classification can guide appropriate multidimensional and multidisciplinary management. A proposal for a clinical care path starts with recognition of gynecologist and midwife for this disorder. Both care takers can make a preliminary diagnosis of PPGP and should refer to a physiatrist, who can make a definite diagnosis. Together with a physiotherapist, the latter can determine an individual tailored exercise program based on the influencing bio-psycho-social factors.

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Pelvic Girdle Pain during or after Pregnancy: a review of recent evidence and a clinical care path proposal.

Verstraete EH, Vanderstraeten G, Parewijck W - Facts Views Vis Obgyn (2013)

Flowchart search strategy of databases
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC3987347&req=5

Figure 1: Flowchart search strategy of databases
Mentions: Databases PubMed, Web of Science, Cochrane library are consulted by one reviewer using following search terms:

Bottom Line: This classification can guide appropriate multidimensional and multidisciplinary management.Both care takers can make a preliminary diagnosis of PPGP and should refer to a physiatrist, who can make a definite diagnosis.Together with a physiotherapist, the latter can determine an individual tailored exercise program based on the influencing bio-psycho-social factors.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Internal Medicine, Ghent University Hospital and Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Ghent University, De Pintelaan 185, 9000 Ghent, Belgium.

ABSTRACT

Problem statement: Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) is a common condition during or after pregnancy with pain and disability as most important symptoms. These symptoms have a wide range of clinical presentation. Most doctors perceive pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain (PPGP) as 'physiologic' or 'expected during pregnancy', where no treatment is needed. As such women with PPGP mostly experience little recognition. However, many scientific literature describes PPGP as being severe with considerable levels of pain and disability and socio-economic consequences in about 20% of the cases.

Objectives: We aimed to (1) inform the gynecologist/obstetrician about the etiology, diagnosis, risk factors, and treatment options of PPGP and (2) to make a proposition for an adequate clinical care path.

Methods: A systematic search of electronic databases and a check of reference lists for recent researches about the diagnosis, etiology, risk factors and treatment of PPGP.

Results: Adequate treatment is based on classification in subgroups according to the different etiologic factors. The various diagnostic tests can help to make a differentiation in the several pelvic girdle pain syndromes and possibly reveal the underlying biomechanical problem. This classification can guide appropriate multidimensional and multidisciplinary management. A proposal for a clinical care path starts with recognition of gynecologist and midwife for this disorder. Both care takers can make a preliminary diagnosis of PPGP and should refer to a physiatrist, who can make a definite diagnosis. Together with a physiotherapist, the latter can determine an individual tailored exercise program based on the influencing bio-psycho-social factors.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus